This report on the work of the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships Study (RPPS) presents findings and recommendations from one part of the study, i.e., the individual interviews and focus groups with practitioners and researchers from the United States and Canada who self-identified as having at least one past or current "successful" research partnership (55 women and 17 men, 49 of whom participated in individual interviews).
After reviewing the characteristics of study participants in the individual interviews and focus groups, study instruments, methods, and data analysis are described. This is followed by a presentation of the findings and associated recommendations. Findings and recommendations on the creation of a researcher-practitioner collaboration pertain to reasons for collaborating, identifying collaborators, characteristics of a good collaborator (both a practitioner and a researcher), developing the collaborative relationship, and managing the startup process. Findings and recommendations on maintaining a successful collaboration address facilitators of and barriers to a successful collaboration. Findings and recommendations on completing the collaborative project focus on research results, products, and their dissemination, how to sustain the collaborative relationship, and RPPS limitations. The findings are followed by case examples from the perspectives of RPPS participant practitioners and participant researchers. 9 references and appended interview guide
Date Published: January 1, 2013